four gospels

God doesn’t do anything arbitrarily. We may not be able to grasp his intentions in full or even in part, but we can be sure that everything that he does is full of eternal purpose and divine wisdom. The secret things may belong to God, but those that are revealed belongContinue Reading

Man rock climbing

In Reformed theology, the noun salvation is typically used in two ways. Sometimes it is used as a synonym for justification. When used this way, it does not include sanctification, since, according to the Reformed confession, justification is a declarative act of God whereby he credits (imputes) to sinners theContinue Reading

signpost saying gusty winds may exist

How often do we Christians go about life as if we were practical agnostics, as if God were not a given? A major impetus of Modernity, that is, the Enlightenment movements that swept across Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, was to reject the historic Christian understanding of theContinue Reading

praying with the bible

Making salvation by grace and works or by grace and faithfulness necessarily turns our eyes back upon our own performance and the quality of our faith and the quality of our sanctification. That is a spiritual dead-end. Suspending our future salvation upon our present performance has never and can never beContinue Reading